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Sustainability in Our Facilities

As part of Clorox’s IGNITE strategy ESG goals, we have committed to science-based climate action across our value-chain, 100% renewable electricity in our US and Canada operations, and zero-waste-to-landfill in our global facilities. As we pursue these goals, we will continue to drive efficiency improvements that minimize our use of energy and water and generation of waste in our global operations. This builds on progress made during Clorox’s 2020 strategy period to drive more than 20% reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, energy use, water use and solid waste-to-landfill in our offices, manufacturing and distribution operations.

All Clorox facilities follow a customized environmental management system (EMS) that tracks, reports and enables continuous improvement to help advance the company’s sustainability goals, while helping ensure compliance with environmental regulations. Regulatory agencies —at both the federal and local level —conduct inspections regularly at all of our manufacturing facilities, focusing on the health, safety and environmental compliance of our product lines. And our Product Supply Organization provides employees with general environmental awareness and subject-specific training related to their roles, including annual regulatory training which is tracked in our EMS.

Energy

For over a decade, we have set goals to conserve energy and minimize emissions. Since 2008, we have invested in more energy-efficient equipment and employed more eco-efficient manufacturing practices and successfully reduced our energy consumption by 32% on an intensity basis (per case of product sold) and 16% on an absolute basis. This represents a reduction of 129,000 megawatt-hours used in 2019 versus 2007.

Energy efficiency is key to our overall climate change strategy and it also helps reduce our operational energy costs, even as we grow. As we continue to invest in reducing our own global manufacturing climate footprint, we are accelerating our commitment to clean, renewable energy for our operations as part of our IGNITE ESG goals focused on climate stewardship.

Our Goal

In 2019, we set a goal to achieve 100% renewable electricity in our US/Canada operations in 2021.

Our Progress

In 2019, we signed a 12-year, 70 megawatt (MW) virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) with a wholly owned subsidiary of Enel Green Power North America for the purchase of renewable energy beginning in 2021. Representing about half of Clorox’s 100% renewable electricity goal in its operations in the U.S. and Canada, this agreement is expected to help accelerate Clorox achieving its goal in 2021, four years ahead of the company’s original plan.

The 70MW VPPA for the purchase of renewable energy delivered to the electricity grid is for the second phase of Enel’s Roadrunner solar project to be built in Texas. Roadrunner is a 497-direct current megawatt (MWdc) solar project that is being built in two phases. Once fully operational, the solar plant could generate up to 1.2 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity annually, while avoiding an estimated 800,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year.

This VPPA allows us to scale our use of renewable energy, which is currently limited to one onsite solar installation at our Fairfield, California plant, which became operational in 2017. This was built with a third-party provider as a power purchase agreement (PPA).

Our Progress Year-Over-Year Reduction of GHG Emissions (2018-2019)

Since closing out our 2020 goal period in 2018, we will continue to report our annual energy use and conduct third-party independent assurance of this metric. While we have not set a new energy reduction goal, we will continue to pursue energy efficiency opportunities as we drive our renewable energy goals. Using 2018 as a baseline, in 2019 we achieved a 8% absolute and 6% intensity (per case of product sold) reduction in energy use relative to 2018. This represents a year-over-year energy savings of 56,000 megawatt-hours. 

Year-Over-Year Reduction of Energy Consumption (2011-2019)

Notes: Clorox sold its Oakland, California, offices in 2013 and discontinued its Venezuela operations in 2014. Total energy consumption for 2011 (the baseline year for our 2020 reduction goal) was recalculated to exclude energy from these facilities. Data for 2012 and 2013 were not recalculated. Clorox acquired Renew Life in 2016. Total energy consumption for 2011 (the baseline year for our 2020 energy reduction goal) was recalculated to include estimated energy consumption from related facilities associated with this acquisition. Data for 2012-15 were not recalculated. In 2018, Clorox acquired Nutranext and at the end of 2017 opened its new Atlanta West manufacturing facility. Total energy consumption for 2011 (the baseline year for our 2020 energy reduction goal) were recalculated to include estimated energy consumption from related facilities associated with this acquisition and new manufacturing facility. Data for 2012–2017 were not recalculated.

Purchased Electricity (‘000 of MWh) 2011 –2019:

Purchased Electricity (‘000 of MWh)
Calendar Year United States International Worldwide
2011 378 117 495
2012 368 109 477
2013 343 106 449
2014 346 111 457
2015 348 88 436
2016 358 87 445
2017 357 83 440
2018 361 77 438
2019 346 49 395

Breakdown of Total Fuel Consumption (2019 data shown below):

Purchased Fuel in ‘000 MWh
Fuel Type United States International Worldwide
Natural Gas 188 11 199
Fuel Oil 21 1 22
Propane 19 1 20
Other Mobile Sources 28 2 30

Breakdown of Total Fuel Consumption in ‘000 mega joules (2019 data shown below):

Purchased Fuel in ‘000 MJ
Fuel Type United States International Worldwide
Natural Gas 676,843 39,870 716,713
Fuel Oil 77,224 3,333 80,557
Propane 69,321 1,181 70,502
Other Mobile Sources 99,213 8,906 108,119

Solar Energy Installation

In fiscal year 2017, we installed solar panels at our Fairfield, California, plant and our regional distribution center in Aberdeen, Maryland. Both solar panel arrays were built with a third-party provider as power purchase agreements, or PPAs. That means we didn’t spend company money to build these projects, and the facilities buy the power produced from the third party instead of from the utility. While both arrays generate renewable energy, we do not claim the use of renewable energy or include the clean energy attributes of the Aberdeen RDC in the calculation of our GHG emissions because the third party retains the renewable energy credit rights in the PPA.

Oakland Headquarters LEED Certification

In 2010, Clorox was again recognized for its strong commitment to environmental stewardship when our corporate headquarters in Oakland, California, became one of only 38 buildings in the U.S. to achieve the highest level of eco recognition: platinum level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design –Existing Building certification (LEED-EB). While we sold the Oakland building in 2013, we continue to lease office space from the facility which has maintained its LEED-EB Platinum status. For more information, read about workplace initiatives on our GHG emissions page.

Kingsford Plant Woodpile Cover

Our Kingsford® brand’s Summer Shade, Kentucky, manufacturing facility installed a fabric superstructure — slightly larger than a football field and nine stories tall — over its woodpile to prevent the material from being exposed to the elements. With the woodpile protected, less energy is required to dry it before it’s used to make char, a key ingredient for manufacturing charcoal briquets.

Lighting Retrofits

In the early 2010’s, we began to equip our manufacturing and distribution facilities with energy-efficient T5/T8 florescent lighting. In 2014, our engineering standards changed to specify LED lighting, which is more energy-efficient than florescent lighting, for all interior and exterior new construction and retrofits, and we consequently converted manyof the initial T5/T8 upgrades to LED. Today, all Clorox sites globally have retrofitted their lighting to more energy efficient types

Our facilities also completed energy assessments to further identify and reduce energy usage from their operating equipment and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, and implemented improved operating procedures.

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